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K4 Kombucha Smoothie

A glass bowl is filled with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and banana slices; next to this lies a bottle of K4 Apple & Elderflower Kombucha; below is a teaspoon of manuka honey, gelatine, slices of cucumber & leaves of spinach & kale

K4 Kombucha Smoothie

Snacks are just the best, and this Kombucha smoothie recipe is a seriously good way to have a delicious snack that is banging with nutrients.  This smoothie is our staple snack for the K4 Family & Crew. We load it antioxidant-loaded berries, Kombucha, and a few sneaky vegetables too.  AND...one small bottle of Kombucha can turn into 3 large or 6 small glasses of probiotic smoothie. You and your friends win! 

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • K4 Kombucha – Apple & Elderflower
  • 1 Banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup berries (any and all types)
  • 3-4 thick slices of cucumber
  • 3 spinach leaves
  • 2 kale leaves (remove the stem)
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Manuka honey (optional)
  • Ice

Method

It's pretty simple - put all of these ingredients into a blender and push the button.  Blend until it looks lovely and smooth then pour, share and enjoy.

Cheers!

Bananas are an incredibly popular fruit, what with it’s creamy sweetness and versatility for going into salads, baked goods and lunchboxes. This snack champion is loaded with valuable micronutrients including potassium. Essential to the healthy regulation of your heart rate and blood pressure, potassium is an incredibly essential electrolyte. Foods that are rich in potassium play a major role in lowering blood pressure and as a result guarding against clot related health problems such as heart disease and strokes.

We love bananas in this smoothie as they act to sooth the gastrointestinal tract, thanks to the relatively high concentration of pectin - a type of soluble fibre that aids in regulating a healthy bowel function and lowering cholesterol. In this way, bananas help to make your gut relax and heal while the probiotic goodness of the kombucha gets to work in balancing the good bacteria.

The not so usual character on this list of ingredients is spinach. Bananas are a smoothie basic but - Spinach? Yes! When raw this leafy green hero has a much milder taste to it than the metallic tang that can sometimes happen when it’s cooked, and so it is the perfect inclusion in this kombucha recipe. The clue is in the colour - the intense dark green colour shows that the level of chlorophyll is high and that there are lots of carotenoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene. These anti-inflammatory protect against cancer and are important for healthy eye-sight. Whatsmore, by including spinach in this smoothie recipe you are upping the quantity if non-haem iron - if you’re a vegetarian then this is a good way of getting the iron our bodies need without eating meat.

If you are using fresh spinach make sure to select leaves that are medium to dark green. Instead of being crammed in to a bag it should be loosely packed, and the same should be true for when you pop it in the fridge. Place inside an airtight container and keep it loose. Don’t be tempted to wash spinach before you store it in the fridge as this will cause this will cause the spinach to spoil faster.


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